Dakar-Inspired Yamaha T7 Concept Unveiled at EICMA
Yamaha aims to launch a replacement of the XT660 Tenere soon.
Yamaha Europe stuns EICMA today with the unveiling of the T7 concept model. Although the bike announced is only a concept, Yamaha has confirmed the release of a production version set to be released for the 2018 model year.
Developed with the highly acclaimed 700cc CP2 engine that packs the Yamaha FZ-07, the T7 concept is a vision of the ideal adventure machine, and is playing a major role in the development of Yamaha’s next generation adventure models.
The T7 is further equipped with an aluminium fuel tank, 4-projector LED headlight, a carbon fairing and skid plate, and a custom made Akrapovič exhaust. Also packing a high specification KYB front suspension and a 21″ front and 18″ rear, the T7 concept is surely a dirt warrior.
According to Yamaha “Many of the current middleweight Adventure models are perceived as too oriented to the street and too sophisticated. They are therefore not suitable for use in real off-road conditions. The Adventure universe needs new specimens that can offer the versatility to tackle long distances and great endurance, typical of the original Ténéré, combined with a contemporary design and top technologies.”
It remains to be seen how much of the Dakar elements will be carried on to the production model but one thing is sure – Yamaha seems to be going in the right direction.